The Politics of Sufism and Ḥasidut in Medieval Egypt


  • Björn Bentlage Seminar for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg,
  • Gerold Necker Seminar for Jewish Studies, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Keywords: Piety, Sufism, Jewry, Copts, medieval Egypt, Ayyubids


The present article is, firstly, a review of a recent publication by Elisha Russ-Fishbane that will, secondly, seek to develop an entanglement perspective on piety in the Ayyubid age. Elisha Russ-Fishbane’s book offers the first systematic presentation of the Jewish pietist movement in late twelfth- and early thirteenth-century Egypt. It is largely based on a selection of Genizah documents, the writings of the movement’s pivotal figures, as well as a synthetic and critical discussion of the disparate remarks in previous publications. The present text will seek to summarize Russ-Fishbane’s book, discuss it in relation to other pertinent literature, and suggest some thoughts on Jewish-Muslim relations, parallels to Jewish pietism in Germany, and the book’s relevance for the perspective of entanglement.


How to Cite
Bentlage, B., & Necker, G. (2017). The Politics of Sufism and Ḥasidut in Medieval Egypt. Entangled Religions, 4, 54–89.